nonsensenyc: 4.14 to 4.20

 
From: "nonsense nyc" <jstark@nonsensenyc.com>
Subject: nonsensenyc: 4.14 to 4.20
Date: April 14th 2017
Friday, April 14
* Cartoon Carnival No. 55: Dollars to Donuts, Brooklyn
* Camouflage, Brooklyn
* Legends of the DJ Booth With Grand Wizzard Theodore, Brooklyn
* Earth Day Bike Ride Costume Making Event and Bike Decorating, Manhattan
 
Saturday, April 15
* Subway Party, Manhattan
* Feeling Gloomy NYC Presents Miss Mister Gloomy, Brooklyn
* ABCirque Presents: Super Cirque Heroes, Brooklyn
* The Happening, Long Island City
* Indy Dance Party Fundraiser, Brooklyn
* Exorcise Titanpointe! Out Demons Out! Manhattan
* The Happening IV: Resist, Long Island City
* Street Smart, Brooklyn
* Tell 33: Betrayal, Manhattan
 
Sunday, April 16
* So Long Suburbia, Queens
* Procession, Manhattan
* Polar Bear CO2 Earth Day Ride, Manhattan
 
Monday, April 17
* Awkward Stage Comedy, Queens
* Resistance Soup: IDP, Manattan
 
Tuesday, April 18
* Death, Manhattan
* The Prose Bowl, Brooklyn
* The Fuck You Revue presents: Mantasy, Brooklyn
 
Wednesday, April 19
* Bicycle Day Pop-up: Killer Acid/Desert Island Comics at Flattopps, Queens
* Take Two Storytelling, Brooklyn
 
Thursday, April 20
* Pop-Up, Brooklyn
* Rock 'n' Roast: Everybody Get's Stoned
 
Wishlist
* Stuff!
 
Spectre
* JPMorgan Cornering Physical Silver Market
 
Overheard
* Goaaaaals
 
Learning
* Feminist Protest Songs
 
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A long, exactly 25-foot wide road
 
 
XXXXX FRIDAY, APRIL 14 XXXXX
 
 
Cartoon Carnival No. 55: Dollars to Donuts
 
It's time to sit back and relax for another hefty batch of 16mm (no digital) animated cartoons from the 1910s to the 1940s, straight from the Stathes Archives to the silver screen at Shoestring Press. The theme is Dollars to Donuts -- our interpretation being the ups and downs of work, money, household finances...good luck and bad. See how our animated ancestors of yesteryear dealt with the trials and tribulations of making ends meet.
 
This event is part of an ongoing benefit series to help head Cartoon Carnie Tommy, whose family is facing displacement from his lifelong housing situation. We will have a raffle where guests will be able to win one copy each of Tommy's Cartoon Roots and Cartoon Roots. Additionally, there will be a mini rummage sale where the items from Tommy's personal collection can be found. Also: Live musical accompaniment by Charlie Judkins for select silent-era shorts.
 
Shoestring Press
663 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
8p;  $10
facebook.com/events/749002765261785/
tommyjose.com
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Camouflage
 
A brand new, roaming comedy party with some of New York's biggest comics. Free pizza and very cheap drinks. Line up: Kevin Avery, Ben Kronberg, Josh Gondelman, Emmy Blotnick, and Lucas Connolly.
 
Big Irv's
381 Hooper Street, corner of Hooper and South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8:30p doors, 9p show; $free
facebook.com/events/1417088808588470/
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Legends of the DJ Booth With Grand Wizzard Theodore
 
We're back with our second installment of Legends of the DJ Booth -- the party that showcases the elite DJs that have had a profound influence over nightlife and DJ culture in NYC and worldwide. This month we have none other than Grand Wizzard Theodore.
 
Friends and Lovers
641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
10p; $free
 
 
***** Also on FRIDAY *****
 
 
Earth Day Bike Ride Costume Making Event and Bike Decorating
 
Come decorate your bicycle and yourself for the upcoming earth day Polar Bear Bike Ride. You don’t have to be a polar bear, you can make any type of costume. Try to bring some costume material. We will also provide some of the basics.
 
La Plaza Cultural Community Garden
Avenue C and 9th Street, southwest corner, Manhattan
4p; $free
 
 
XXXXX SATURDAY, APRIL 15 XXXXX
 
 
Subway Party
 
Festivity, debauchery, Saturnalia. sound color dancing. Costumes and flair. Bring noisemaking things and also your hearts. This is a festival for turning vehicles for the transportation of bodies into vessels for the exaltation of souls. In a moment of ecstasy, we become one.
 
We come together in an act of resistance to the forces that seek to fill our lives with hatred and toxic social norms in the name of profit, and that seek to endanger and murder black, brown, trans, queer, female, and disabled folks. Therefore, we will absolutely not tolerate demeaning, disrespectful, or hateful behavior, especially on the basis of gender identity, gender presentation, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, religion, body image, size, ability, and any other identities. We will have safety monitors to facilitate a safe, fun, consensual night for everyone.
 
NYPD have been known to make an appearance in Times Square and at Coney Island in the past. Black and brown and trans bodies are put specifically at risk by their presence. Use your body and your privilege to keep safe those who are in danger. Love and protect each other.
 
All gathered shall go to Coney Island.
 
Meetup at 116th Street station, 1 train, Manhattan
11:30p; $free
 
Or meetup at 42nd Street station, N,Q,R trains, Brooklyn-bound platform, Manhattan
midnight; $free
facebook.com/events/1814347272220129/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Feeling Gloomy NYC Presents Miss Mister Gloomy
 
Feeling Gloomy is looking for the gloomiest person in Brooklyn, and we’re going to use the one tool we have to find them: throwing a dance party. Come dance to the gloomiest glam, britpop, synthpop, post-punk and indie and help us separate the truly gloomy from the merely glum. If you think you’ve got what it takes you can enter to win $100 in prizes plus entry into Feeling Gloomy for life. With DJs Gordon and Nathaniel Gloom. Dress to depress.
 
Down (below Cape House)
2 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn
L train to Morgan Avenue station
11p-late; $6 cover
ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?eventId=7355585&pl=scenic&dispatch=loadSelectionData
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
ABCirque Presents: Super Cirque Heroes
 
Spring Break has arrived and what better way then to spend some action packed circus time with the kids? Our circus superstars of ABCirque have truly embraced their superhero powers and taken flight to help capture the robber on the loose. Each hero gets mighty close to capturing our sneaky robber however he always seems to sneak away. Perhaps the superhero kids in our audience can help?!?! After all we hear TeamWork is the only way.
 
The Muse
350 Moffat Street, Brooklyn
1:45-2:45p Circus Adventure Play Circuit and Bounce House, 3-3:45p Super Hero Show; $10
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
The Happening
 
A one-night action of art solidarity including painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, music, and more from a strange and wonderful group of artists. Fundraising for crucial groups (Southern Poverty Law Center and Planned Parenthood) during a time of cultural crisis.
 
Local Project
11-27 44th Road, Long Island City, Queens
6:30p-midnight; $free
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Indy Dance Party Fundraiser
 
Celebrate independent media during a time of Trump. The Indypendent is throwing a benefit dance party. Feeling inundated by fake news and orange-haired madness? The Indy has been keeping it real. We have continued reporting on the issues that matter and the grassroots movements that are building the unprecedented resistance we need to get the world we want. Now, we are printing 30,000 copies per month and have outdoors news boxes on dozens of NYC street corners. Come out and show your support so we can keep on thriving and meeting the demand for the paper. We want to see you all there, all friends and lovers welcome. Music: DJ Stylus.
 
Starr Bar
214 Starr Street, Brooklyn
9p-2a; $10-20 recommended donation
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Exorcise Titanpointe! Out Demons Out!
 
Calling all fellow data and internet users, all witches, LARPers, mothers, fathers, old-testament rejects and new-testament wannabes. Join us for an exorcism of the Titanpointe building. The Titanpointe building is a major communications hub nominally owned by AT&T, but which houses two floors of NSA facilities. In the interests of invoking a kinder, less maniacal version of citizen-government relations, a cadre of amateur exorcists affiliated with the arts newspaper the Quiet American will purge the bloated edifice of the data it is hoarding, approximately one day before the rising of Christ and two days before Tax Day.
 
Beginning with a prayer for the building’s physical materials, exorcisors will then lay a perimeter of salt around the building to render ineffective the sinister frequencies it broadcasts. In a rite of liberation and fertility, thousands of pages of personal data and an ostrich egg will subsequently be sacrificed to the building, thereby triggering a massive spiritual data hemorrhage that will release the banal facts of our lives back into their proper home -- the ether. Please join us, for you too are affected, and you too can exorcise this terrible monolith. Wear silver or shiny material, white, or black.
 
Begin march at Foley Square, Manhattan
11:30a; $free
 
33 Thomas Street, Manhattan
noon; $free
exorcisethensa.blogspot.com/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
The Happening IV: Resist
 
The Happening is a one-night action of art and community solidarity including painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, music, and more from a strange and wonderful group of artists. Fundraiser for crucial groups (Southern Poverty Law Center and more) during a time of cultural crisis.
 
Artists include Kate Asson, Kim Boekbinder, Kelsey Bramson, Michal Brodka, Kira Bucca, Megan Buccere, Caroline Caldwell, Jonathan Checler, David Cory and Matt McGovern, Tim Cluff, Jessica Dalva, Dorothy Darker, Melissa Dowell, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Feather and Lead, Katelan Foisy, Jim Garmhausen, GILF, Christina Graf, Anastasiya Gutnik, Jennifer Harder, Jeremy Hush, Kurt Huggins, Jay Jansen, Jigsaw Jones, Caitlin Karolczak, Michelle Konczyk, Robert Kraiza, Grace Lang, Yuri Leonov, Erica Levine, Caitlin McCormack, Sara Antoinette Martin, Amber Maykut, Meg Moseley, Lori Nelson, Purevile, Gerrit Roessler, Meryl Salzinger, Syd Short, Allison Sommers, Josephine Stewart, Peter Striffolino, Carisa Swenson, Inge Vandormael, Lisa Victoria, Zoe Williams, and Walter Wlodarczyk.
 
Local Project Art Space
11-27 44th Road, Long Island City, Queens
6:30p; $free
thehappeningnyc.tumblr.com/
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Street Smart
 
A monthly alternative artist collective series showcasing emerging art of all forms. Hosted by HoneyChrome and DJ Naty Tea. A non-denominational celebration of expression.
 
 
This edition featuring vocal and instrumental performances by Spooky and the Bear, New Casino, and HoneyChrome. Photography by Kamila Latala. Live interactive projections by King Mallard. Video and light by Mikhail Torich. Watercolor by Big Scot Scot Chaitoo. Acrylics and oil by Elaine Carl and James Mcnally. Live endurance performance exhibit by Leah Aron. Immersive theatrical performance by Child of No Nation.
 
Terra Firma
119 Ingraham Avenue, Brooklyn
$free
streetsmartartnyc]at]gmail.com
 
 
***** Also on SATURDAY *****
 
 
Tell 33: Betrayal
 
Queer monthly storytelling show. Hosted and curated by Drae Campbell, with featured guests: Amalia Q, Erica Cardwell, Persephone Sarah Jane, and Pamela Sneed.
 
Tell is an evening of storytelling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services -- Queer Division. Each month four queers tell a true story from their life on a different theme. Betrayal is the theme of the thirty-third installment of Tell. Featuring Erica Caldwell, Amalia Q, Persephone Sarah Jane Smith, and Pamela Sneed.
 
BGSQD-Bureau of General Services Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, room 210, Manhattan
7p; $10 suggested donation
youtube.com/ohdrae
 
 
XXXXX SUNDAY, APRIL 16 XXXXX
 
 
The Spectrum presents:
 
So Long Suburbia
 
Come carry for Easter at the dreamiest place on Earth. Samuel Shanahoy will be live screening his campy coming of age teen film So Long Suburbia. Shows by Creature Hole, Night Space, and DJ Help.
 
One sleepless night as Sadie is surfing the web her suspicions that her and her bestie since the 7th grade are growing apart are confirmed, when she discovers that he has unfollowed her on Instagram. Over the winter Sadie becomes a social recluse, going to Normy Suburbs Public High by day, working at the Bogus Burger Barn by night, reading zines alone in her bedroom and day dreaming while wandering the streets of suburbia. On her 17th birthday her mother gifts her a 3 zone one year transit pass telling her to “go out and explore, discover new things and have adventures close to home.” Downtown Sadie is randomly befriended by Miami, a self identified teeny bopper who is the first out trans girl to attend North Shore Private Girls College. Miami introduces Sadie to her token straight, musical theatre loving BFF Cynthia, her angsty emo boyfriend Zeke, and the rest of her clique: Ellen, an astrology loving lesbian and Jersey, a twinky bisexual highschool drop out. Sadie quickly starts to hang out with them all on the regular, but has she really found a place where she belongs? Or will old insecurities, crushes and drama get in the way.
 
Spectrum
10-22 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
4p doors, 6p show; $?
https://youtu.be/xpc3FBD3zSs
facebook.com/events/115629742317048/
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Procession
 
Procession combines Home Sweet Home’s macabre accouterments, eg: taxidermy, candles and antiques; along with copious fog, carefully chosen tracks, and ambiguously sado-masochistic projections. Discriminating audio and visual curations are the work of DJs and promoters, Cage and Hart. Dress code: none. However, gothic best is always encouraged.
 
Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie Street, Manhattan
10p-4a; $free
21 and over
facebook.com/events/1853475141533139/
 
 
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
 
 
Polar Bear CO2 Earth Day Ride
 
Come celebrate Earth Day on your bicycle dressed up as your favorite animal with Time's Up and CO2 Green Drive. As we know earth day is every day. Let's celebrate and support New York City's new sustainable infrastructure, bike lanes, greenways and auto-free plazas. It's just the beginning.
 
Union Square North
17th Street and Broadway, Manhattan
4p; $free
 
 
XXXXX MONDAY, APRIL 17 XXXXX
 
 
Awkward Stage Comedy
 
How long was your awkward stage? For most comedians it was far too long; it's why we can laugh at ourselves now. Why not come and laugh at us? With Pedro Salinas, Phil Stamato, Maurice Licorish, Cathy Humes, Andrea Ilene Shapiro, and Josh Gondleman. Hosted by Rosa Escandon and Erin Lynn O'Connor.
 
QED: A Place to Show and Tell
27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, Queens
8:30p; $8
 
 
***** Also on MONDAY *****
 
 
Resistance Soup: IDP
 
A one-night action extravaganza. A variety show to save the world. A town hall rally on club drugs. An orgy of good intentions.
 
Musical guests Adrian Bridges with Miguel Rivera, Angela Sclafani, and Carissa Matsushima. Plus, poetry by Cristina Pitter, theatrical performance by Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin, and vocal acrobatics by Punderdome 3000 champion Sam Corbin. Hosted by Zachary Infante.
 
This month, every farthing that changes hands goes directly to the Immigrant Defense Project, an organization founded "to transform a racially biased criminal legal system that violates basic human rights and an immigration system that tears hundreds of thousands of immigrants with convictions each year from their homes, their families and their communities."
 
Chinatown Soup
16B Orchard Street, Manhattan
8p doors, 8p show; $10 door cash only
resistancesoup1.eventbrite.com/
facebook.com/events/797251503770591/?active_tab=about
 
 
XXXXX TUESDAY, APRIL 18 XXXXX
 
 
Death
 
Visual exhibition and performances with the Corp. The Corp is a collaboration between Margaret Velvet and Laura Duvall, who explore gender and life by process of rigid self recordings. Death is framed as something one experiences over and over in this exhibition, with every separation of the self from the body. The atmosphere of the images and audiovisual works is drenched in fear, which is confronted with both softness and aggression, rather than politely shelved. The Corp gives their bodies over to possession, whatever the results may entail.
 
Gasser Grunert Gallery
524 West 19th Street, Manhattan
8p opening performance; $free
oracle]at]vectorgallery.com
facebook.com/events/1852833368333544/
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
The Prose Bowl
 
The Prose Bowl is back to celebrate sitting the only way we know how: stories and booze.  Come celebrate the death of another New York winter with us, and bring along your briefest and bestest Bard like ballads. (Or, you know, sorry under 900 words. Whichever works.) Our panelists will be on hand to provide pearls of wisdom, and one reader will walk away with bragging rights, a do dad of infinite impracticability, and the much coveted drink ticket. If you've been before, or this is your first time, you're all welcome, and we can't wait to see you.
 
Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
7p; $free
 
 
***** Also on TUESDAY *****
 
 
The Fuck You Revue presents: Mantasy
 
Have you ever wondered to yourself "seriously, what even is a man?" Honestly, we're wondering too, so we've hired a team of sexy experts to help us figure it out! OK, just kidding, we'll never actually figure it out. The Fuck You Revue brings you Mantasy, with a cast of sensual studs to help us celebrate, explore, and deconstruct manliness the only way we know how: through striptease.
 
Featuring the burlesque, drag, and performance art stylings of Tigger!, Evelyn Vinyl, Munroe Lilly, K.James, Stache Novak, Vic Sin, Shawn Escarciga, Johnny Panic, and Darlinda Just Darlinda, plus co-captains Fancy Feast and Zoe Ziegfeld, and the exquisite Qualms Galore at the door.
 
Bizarre Bushwick
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn
J,M,Z trains to Myrtle station
9p doors, 9:30p show; $10 suggested
facebook.com/events/700892096751551/
 
 
XXXXX WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 XXXXX
 
 
Bicycle Day Pop-up: Killer Acid/Desert Island Comics at Flattopps
 
It will be a Killer Acid take-over at Flattopps in Astoria, highlighting real-life alien shit from visionary New York illustrator Rob Corradetti. Stop by for opening ceremonies onBicycle Day; a killer selection of paintings and illustrations will be hanging and available for purchase, as well as assorted goodies from the artist, including stickers, pins, shirts, zines. Bonus round: Gabe of Desert Island Comics will be spinning records all night, and Flattopps will be running food and drink specials to celebrate the holiday.
 
Flattopps
33-06 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, Queens
7-11p; $free
flattoppsnyc]at]gmail.com
facebook.com/events/457717711232241/
 
 
***** Also on WEDNESDAY *****
 
 
Take Two Storytelling
 
This month's storytellers: Gabby Shea, Steven Berkowitz, Marlene Nichols, and Richard Carrillo. Take Two Storytelling is a unique show where storytellers share one true story with two endings: one the way it actually happened, the other where they rewind time to make it all turn out differently. When the only thing between a storyteller and the perfect ending is the real ending, they bring it to Take Two. Co-hosted by Elana Lancaster and Harvey Katz
 
C'mon Everybody
325 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
7:30-9p; $5 suggested donation
taketwostorytelling.com
 
 
XXXXX THURSDAY, APRIL 20 XXXXX
 
 
Pop-Up
 
Come join us for a night of smoking vessels, munchies and more. Featuring local vendors: Demetria Chappo, Amelia BK, Caitlin Rose Sweet, Oddly Weird, Haute Chocolate Brooklyn, Tough Times Press, and Doomed NYC.
 
251 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn
7-10p; $?
facebook.com/events/1854345384838931/
 
 
***** Also on THURSDAY *****
 
 
Rock 'n' Roast: Everybody Get's Stoned
 
No, we won't be high, we will just be doing songs about getting high. As always, Rock 'N' Roast is NYC's only comedy karaoke battle. Every month comedians compete with karaoke for the crown and are brutally roasted by our judges.
 
Featuring Adam Selbst, Blair Dawson, Bob Kitson, Evan Morgenstern, Otto Fernandez, and Willie Zabar. Hosted by Hann Cowger and guest host Katie Rose Leon.
 
Hell Phone
247 Varet Street, Brooklyn
10:30p; $5
rosacescandon]at]gmail.com
 
 
XXXXX UPCOMING XXXXX
 
 
* Rubulad Proudly Presents Our Beautiful World, April 22
* Up at Noon, May 10-12
* Dance Parade, May 20
 
 
XXXXX WISHLIST XXXXX
 
 
What have you been wishing for? Collaborators, grant monies, a new home? Please send brief listings to jstark]at]nonsensenyc.com. We only list available apartments, lofts, studios, and one-off rentals -- not spaces wanted.
 
 
***** ARTY STUFF *****
 
 
* BuoyRR: Residency and Retreat. Deep River, Connecticut. July 4-11, 2017. For womyn-performing artist duos. Applications due May 8. BuoyRR is an annual residency and retreat for womyn founded by Bailey Nolan and Viva Soudan, located at The Peace Barn, a fifteen-acre sanctuary in Deep River, Connecticut, just three hours North of New York City.  We define womyn as an identity beyond a gender binary including trans and female-identified people, all definitions are welcome to apply. This eight-day intensive aims to instill in the participants the fundamentals of experimental dance, creative writing, vocal training, and energetic exchange.  Artists are invited to apply in duos to create original choreography on the land culminating in a collective public performance. Directed by Nolan and Soudan, the site-specific piece is sculpted through physical, spiritual, and cerebral workshops.  Working both as du os and collaboratively as a larger team, residents are challenged to investigate creative process and practice.  This year's theme is I Am Your Itch: an examination of our current political horror, womyn as historically haunted vessels, and power through self-activation. The program is structured on pillars of health and wellness to nurture a focused restorative routine; beginning each day with yoga, daily vegetarian meals, and ending with nightly guided meditation.  Residents camp on the land, stripped of technology, to consciously reactivate. For full details and to apply please visit www.buoyrr.org
 
* Musician needed for a group Sing-A-Long at Rubulad party on April 22. Prefer guitar, keys, or accordion, but if you think you can hold it down solo using another instrument, convince me. There is a tiny bit of money involved, plus drink tickets and the adoration of a lot of drunk people.  Email veronica at riseup dot net for more details.
 
* Bad Rep needs a theater or artist or plain civilian adventurer to help mount our work for the curated chashama 2017 gala to take place on June 8. Leading up to and assisting mounting "...a piece of human poetry" our multimedia interactive contribution to the evening. Scheduling, painting, building social media, and anything else a self starter can think of to add to our group's latest project. Please send in short bio and short reason(s) you'd like to play and work with us to: Badreptheater]at]gmail.com and visit company web site badreptheater.webs.com.
 
* Call for artists: Tongue Tide. Inspired by the location in Queens, NY, Tongue Tide invites creative practitioners, artists, performers, researchers, and educators to submit proposals for new artworks, workshops, and performances with the subject matter of language. Artists will receive stipends to participate. Tongue Tide is one of Flux Factory’s major 2017 exhibitions and is curated by Emireth Herrera and Christina Freeman. According to the 2015 census, half of all New Yorkers speak a language other than English at home and over 200 languages are spoken across New York City. Including speakers of endangered languages, the number is closer to 700. As the most diversely language dense area on the planet, the borough of Queens is positioned as a unique microcosm of the greater world – and within it Flux Factory an ever-changing reflection of this multilingualism. This exhibition will explore the plethor a of living languages in the borough of Queens, NY and their potential as a springboard for connections across the globe. fluxfactory.org.
 
 
***** SPACES *****
 
* Cheap desks available in creative coworking space in Greenpoint. Great location, creative environment, affordable month to month desk rental options starting at $175 per month. This is a 1500 square-foot shared office space, with 24/7 access, shared kitchen and lounge area, run by Not An Alternative, a decade-old collective that works at the intersection of art, activism, and critical theory. Support a long-standing art/activist institution in a quirky custom-built studio in a renovated warehouse on the waterfront. Email: info]at]notanalternative.net. 67 West St, no. 304, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  brooklyncoworking.com http://notanalternative.org
 
 
XXXXX SPECTRE PRIORITY XXXXX
 
 
Before we had a name the Spectre Event Horizon Group used to meet at a bar to commiserate and trade what our business friends like to call "best practices." Now online, our area of interest remains the ever-fascinating sci-fi present. Our simple intent is an informal trade of specialized investigative research, presented as gossip for the non-specialist. It's true we once were an active email list but at this point everything is searchable and commented upon here: spectrevision.net. The updates are compiled for Nonsense by J. Sinopoli. Contact spectre.event.horizon.group]at] gmail.com.
 
 
****** JPMorgan Cornering Physical Silver Market *****
 
spectrevision.net/2017/04/14/jpmorgan-cornering-physical-silver-market/
 
"The largest COMEX silver short seller for the past nine years is JPMorgan. They maintain a large paper short position on the futures market, that enables them to keep the price where they want it. It allows them to buy physical silver cheap, which they’ve done masterfully. In fact, JPMorgan has never taken a loss, only profits on every silver short position it has added over the past nine years. Such results would not be possible in a market that wasn’t manipulated in price. JPMorgan may be setting the other shorts up for a double-cross. All that has to happen for a price explosion is for JPMorgan to do nothing. We’re truly looking at the opportunity of a lifetime with silver. Remember, every time silver goes up $2 an ounce, they make a billion dollars."
 
 
XXXXX OVERHEARD XXXXX
 
 
Overheard is from Irene Pedruelo's Mi Niu York, a weekly newsletter for curious characters, treasure hunters, and eccentrics. You can sign up for her favorite stories, projects, artworks, and quotations at miniuyork.com.
 
People say amazing things when they think no one is listening. Overheard is about capturing these moments. We share one quotation each week that stuck with us. It's always unsolicited and unedited.
 
What did you overhear this week? Submit a quotation and a brief description of the scenario to Irene at irenecroga]at]gmail.com.
 
 
*****
 
 
Overheard in New York. April 2017. Soccer coach to 8-year-old players in Prospect Park:
 
-- "Everybody has their own unique goal dance."
 
 
XXXXX LEARNING XXXXX
 
 
We look for the sort of classes you circled in college course catalogs but never managed to fit into your schedule. And we also look for the kind of things that no college could teach. Cheap and eclectic is the rule, though all rules get broken occasionally, and we especially love workshops, round-tables, and teachers who won't take your work out of your hands and show you how to do it right. One-time listings are categorized weekly, with general recurring classes listed at the end on the first Friday of each month. We thrive on your suggestions, so make sure to tell us about upcoming classes.
 
Learning is compiled and edited weekly by Juliana Driever. Please send listing suggestions to learning]at]nonsensenyc.com.
 
 
***** LEARNING: FRIDAY *****
 
 
Feminist Protest Songs
 
Marginalized strands of the second-wave feminist movement, such as International Wages for Housework Campaign––which included the Wages Due Lesbians and the Black Women for Wages for Housework—advocated for salaried domestic labor. These feminist groups formed in the 1970s to raise awareness of how housework and childcare are the basis of all social reproduction and industrial work. Their demands were, however, often sidelined by mainstream feminist goals like equal opportunity in the labor market. These groups were not only discussion clubs or thought experiments, but real activist efforts whose demands were often expressed through protest songs.
 
Artist Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyen will discuss her current research on the music these women’s groups created to articulate their frustrations through embodied collective experience. She will be joined in conversation by Amalle Dublon, a PhD candidate at Duke University whose research focuses on sound, aurality, and reproduction in all its valences.
 
Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
6:30-8:30p; $free
platformed.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: FRIDAY *****
 
 
The Psychology of Relationships: How Experimental Science, Empirical Data, and Seinfeld Help us Understand Love
 
Relationship science is a multidisciplinary field which draws from subject areas such as psychology, biology, and sociology.  A variety of perspectives all converge to help determine what leads some relationships to flourish, while others are doomed to fail. This talk will take a look at the psychological research aimed at determining the underpinnings of universal human experiences such as attraction and love.
 
We will examine why people need interpersonal relationships, how they form, and what sometimes leads to their demise. Beyond this, we will look at what may tip the scale to create fractures within a relationship and how to avoid many common pitfalls. Data from studies of factors for choosing mates and the importance of first date behavior will be presented and explored. Basically, we will cover topics that will assist us in becoming discerning consumers of this hot topic of research.
Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway, Manhattan
April 14, 7p; $20
thinkolio.org
 
 
***** LEARNING: UPCOMING *****
 
 
Martha Wilson: Activist History Teach-in
 
Performance artist Martha Wilson, founder of Franklin Furnace, will lead a “teach-in” with a selection of activist artists from the 1960s to the present, looking at the history of performance art as protest to consider which methods and strategies remain effective in today’s political climate. Wilson, known for her political drag performances as first ladies Barbara Bush and Nancy Reagan, will perform her recent work Martha Does Donald, in which she impersonates Donald Trump. In addition, the event will include presentations by artists Ann Agee, Todd Ayoung (REPOhistory), Alicia Grullón (Percent for Green), Amin Husain and Nitasha Dhillon (MTL), Taja Lindley (Harriet’s Apothecary), Katherine Perk, Lise Soskolne (W.A.G.E.), and Barbara Zucker (A.I.R. Gallery), among others.
 
8th Floor
17 West 17th Street, Manhattan
April 26, 6-9; $free
RSVP: media]at]sdrubin.org
the8thfloor.org
 
 
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Human Rights at the Edge of Darkness: We Are the Resistance
 
Universal human rights values are under attack globally. Populist demagogues are on the rise, scapegoating refugees, immigrants and minorities. Those populists channel a toxic blend of nativism, xenophobia, racism and Islamaphobia while dismissing universal human rights as unaffordable luxuries or worse, dangerous liabilities to a secure society. These trends pose a visceral threat to the very real accomplishments of the international human rights movement.
What is the relevance of human rights in the aftermath of Aleppo and the emergency of autocrats exploiting the alienation of people left behind by the social and economic dislocations of globalization?
Join the resistance with Hunter College Adjunct Professor Phelim Kine as he unpacks the evolution of the modern international human rights movement, dissects its challenges and makes the case that a robust defense of universal human rights is essential in back against the darkness of autocracy and intolerance.
 
Strand
828 Broadway, Manhattan
April 28, 7p; $20
thinkolio.org
 
 
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